Family of teen struck and killed by deputy asks county commission for help

Hillsborough County

 The family of Josiah Pinner, 15, wants something done two months after his death.

“Stop enabling this officer,” said the teen’s grandmother, Tammy Pinner. “This officer needs to be arrested, charged, tried and convicted,” she said. 

Investigators said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy Philip Montesi struck Pinner as he crossed Florida Avenue near 124th Street on Jan. 11.

They said he was going 66 in a 45 mile an hour zone trying to catch up to a surveillance detail. 

The teen wasn’t in a crosswalk.

“The Sheriff is enabling the officer,” the grandmother said.  “You hit something going 21 miles per hour over the speed limit, the officer go down the road and come back.  That’s called leaving the scene of an accident,” she said. 

Family and friends converged on the Hillsborough County Commission meeting Wednesday morning.

“Had the roles been switched, any of us would have been charged with vehicular manslaughter at the very least. Bank on it,” said resident Jason, who didn’t give his last name.   

Family members cheered “Justice for Josiah” as they left the commission chamber.

“As far as the Sheriff goes, we have no jurisdiction over the Sheriff’s Office. We only allocate the funds early for the Sheriff and his budget,” said commission chairman Les Miller, Jr.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Danny Alvarez sent the following statement to News Channel 8: 

We continue to express our deepest sympathies to Josiah’s family in this difficult time. The investigation in this matter is ongoing. As soon as it is complete we will publish our findings and be able to address any concerns at that time.

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